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Jerry Henderson, MD

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Dual/Joint/Adjunct Appointment

Clinical Instructor, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School, volunteer faculty member, Houston, TX

Bio Statement

Emergency Medicine appeals to me because of the relative instantaneous nature of treatment outcomes.  The emergency room is the initial point of contact for patients with acute illness and there is a potential to successfully diagnose and successfully treat a wide variety of maladies that affect patients.  Treating patients using the cutting edge technologies available to me at MD Anderson is very satisfying, and working with the oncology staff who are the at the apex of their respective fields I find to be very satisfying.  Oncology faculty are highly responsive and familiar with their patients which makes collaboration almost effortless.  The quality of patients at MD Anderson is unlike that found in any other emergency center.  The patients are very frequently knowledgeable about their condition and their treatment, and medical compliance is universally high.  These are some of the reasons that I enjoy my work in the emergency center at MD Anderson.

Early in my career at MD Anderson I became aware of the need for improved informatics both within the hospital and the department. Because we are one of the only dedicated cancer emergency centers in existence, treatment protocols and outcomes research for the work that we do is almost non-existent. I began working to develop an electronic documentation tool for the emergency center in 2007 with the sole purpose of improving the speed and quality of documentation for the Emergency Center. After formally rolling out the project to our practice group in 2010 the nature of our care truly changed. The quality of our documentation improved significantly and our documentation tool (Zero G) received acclaim from many outside physicians who collaborated on care of our patients. Today, with over 3 years of development, Zero G has become no longer only a documentation tool, but also a tool for billing, communication, prescription writing, and electronic order writing, and now soon to be a research data collection tool. I also participate in institutional informatics activities, committees and boards.  I served on the institutional EMR Steering Committee. The objective of this committee was to drive the selection of a new medical record system for the institution. The superusers chose Epic as their EMR of choice and we finalized the selection in April 2013. I also support ClinicStation development and safety through my work on the ClinicStation Change Control Board. I act as a Preliminary Review Team member for this group. Most recently, I have been involved in pre-implementation activities for Epic EHR development for the institution.

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

2001 The Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland, BAO
2001 The Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland, BCh
2001 The Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland, LRCPSI
2001 The Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland, MB
2001 The Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland, NUI
1992 The University of Texas, Arlington, TX, BS

Postgraduate Training

7/2002-7/2004 Internal Medicine Resident, UTMB Department of Internal Medicine, Galveston, TX
7/2001-6/2002 Internal Medicine Intern, UTMB Department of Internal Medicine, Galveston, TX

Board Certifications

12/2013 ABPM - Medical Informatics
12/2004 ABIM - Internal Medicine

Experience/Service

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor, Department of General Internal Medicine, Division of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 10/2004-8/2010

Administrative Appointments/Responsibilities

Director of Informatics (Department level), Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 12/2012-present
Education Director (Department level), Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, 9/2010-12/2012
Education Director (Department level), Department of General Internal Medicine, Division of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 9/2006-8/2010

Institutional Committee Activities

Ambassador, ICD-10, 5/2013-present
Preliminary Review Team Member, ClinicStation Control Board, 11/2012-present
Member, EMR Steering Committee, 8/2012-8/2013
Member, CME Advisory Committee, 9/2011-2/2012
Member, Clinical and Research Informatics Committee, 3/2011-4/2012
Member, Sedation and Procedures Committee, 1/2008-9/2012
Member, Medical Records Committee, 1/2004-11/2012

Last updated: 12/9/2013